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  • DARPA to Begin New Effort to Build Military Constellations in Low-Earth Orbit

    06/02/2018 10:14:28 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    space.com ^ | June 2, 2018 09:00am ET | Sandra Erwin, Space News |
    DARPA last year launched the project known as Blackjack with the goal to develop a low Earth orbit constellation to provide global persistent coverage for military operations. The closing date for bids is June 6. Laying a path for the military to transition from huge satellites in geostationary Earth orbit to constellations of smaller and less expensive platforms in LEO has been a longtime pursuit at DARPA. That goal recently took on greater urgency as the military weighs replacing existing constellations that could be targeted by enemies with more resilient systems that would be easier to reconstitute if they came...
  • XS-1: DARPA's Experimental Spaceplane

    04/27/2018 11:56:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    Space.com ^ | April 27, 2018 06:00pm ET | Elizabeth Howell,
    The XS-1 (Experimental Spaceplane 1) is envisioned to heft payloads for less than $5 million a flight, each weighing between 3,000 and 5,000 lbs. (1,360 to 2,267 kilograms). The aircraft-like craft is also supposed to fly faster than Mach 10, or 10 times the speed of sound. ... Tasks for Phase 1 included developing the vehicle, finding and reducing the risk of creating the "core" technologies and processes, and figuring out how to move forward into the flight phase, DARPA said. "DARPA expects the performers to explore alternative technical approaches from the perspectives of feasibility, performance, system design and development...
  • Why IS the Pentagon looking into time crystals? Darpa launches program to study (trunc)

    03/15/2018 4:54:30 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 37 replies
    A simple illustration of the concept of driving something out of equilibrium to increase its stability is the well-known trick of making an inverted broom stand up on the palm of your hand or on one of your fingertips,’ said Ale Lukaszew, DARPA program manager. ‘If you hold your hand still, the broom is unstable and will fall over quickly. But if you drive the broom out of equilibrium by moving your hand around periodically, you can make the broom very stable, so it remains upright indefinitely.’ Particles in a quantum state are very sensitive to their environment. With the...
  • Dig Deep: DARPA Contest Aims to Take People Underground

    12/29/2017 4:14:54 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    space.com ^ | December 27, 2017 01:45pm ET | Tia Ghose, Associate Editor |
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced its latest challenge, called the Subterranean or "SubT" Challenge. The global competition asks entrants to develop systems that can help humans navigate, map and search in underground locations that are normally too perilous to visit.   "One of the main limitations facing war fighters and emergency responders in subterranean environments is a lack of situational awareness; we often don't know what lies beneath us," Timothy Chung, program manager in DARPA's Tactical Technology Office (TTO), said in a statement. "The DARPA Subterranean Challenge aims to provide previously unimaginable situational awareness capabilities for...
  • DARPA Aims to 'Disrupt' National Security Space Business

    11/26/2017 6:10:37 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    space.com ^ | 11/26/2017 | Sandra Erwin
    The military space business is stuck in its old ways and missing a "golden opportunity" to capture the energy of a rejuvenated commercial industry, said a former White House space and aviation technology adviser who is now a top official at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. ... Kennedy's..words ... were met with skepticism from executives in the audience who argued that DARPA often funds the development of technologies that already are available in the private sector, creating government vs. industry competitions that undermine private efforts. ... Executives in the audience pointed out that the Defense Department has not moved...
  • US military reveals a bizarre device that increases learning by 40%

    10/24/2017 5:55:23 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 64 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Shivali Best
    Full Title: The headband that makes you smarter: US military reveals a bizarre device that increases learning by 40% - and it could be commonly used by 2022 The idea of a headband you can wear to make you smarter may sound like a device from the latest science fiction blockbuster. But experts have revealed such a device in reality – and claim it could increase learning by 40 per cent. And it may not be long before you can get your hands on one, with the designers predicting its use will be common in just five to ten years....
  • Boeing, DARPA to Design, Build, Test New Experimental Spaceplane

    05/25/2017 6:58:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Boeing Press Release ^ | May 24, 2017 | Cheryl Sampson
    ARLINGTON, Va., May 24, 2017 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are collaborating to design, build and test a technology demonstration vehicle for the Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program. Boeing will develop an autonomous, reusable spaceplane capable of carrying and deploying a small expendable upper stage to launch small (3,000 pound/1,361 kg) satellites into low Earth orbit. Boeing and DARPA will jointly invest in the development. Once the spaceplane – called Phantom Express – reaches the edge of space, it would deploy the second stage and return to Earth. It would then land on...
  • US Military Is Close to Selecting Builder for XS-1 Space Plane

    05/20/2017 4:50:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    space.com ^ | May 18, 2017 07:30am ET | Leonard David
    In Phase 1 of the XS-1 program, DARPA awarded prime contracts to three companies, each of which will work with a commercial launch provider: Boeing (working with Blue Origin), Masten Space Systems (working with XCOR Aerospace) and Northrop Grumman (working with Virgin Galactic). However, the Phase 2 contractor won't necessarily be chosen from the three Phase 1 participants, according to the Air Force Magazine report. The XS-1 space plane will consist of a reusable booster vehicle and an expendable upper stage. According to the DARPA website, the XS-1 program has four primary technical goals: + Fly 10 times in a...
  • DARPA Is Planning to Hack the Human Brain to Let Us “Upload” Skills

    05/03/2017 8:42:39 AM PDT · by kosciusko51 · 41 replies
    Futurism ^ | May 2, 2017 | Karla Lant
    In March 2016, DARPA — the U.S. military’s “mad science” branch — announced their Targeted Neuroplasticity Training (TNT) program. The TNT program aims to explore various safe neurostimulation methods for activating synaptic plasticity, which is the brain’s ability to alter the connecting points between neurons — a requirement for learning. DARPA hopes that building up that ability by subjecting the nervous system to a kind of workout regimen will enable the brain to learn more quickly.
  • Getting ready: Pentagon to protect electric grid from massive attack

    04/14/2017 2:37:46 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 66 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 4/14/17 | Paul Bedard
    Amid warnings that North Korea and Iran have plans to take out parts of the U.S. electric grid through a cyber attack or atmospheric nuclear blast, the Pentagon is taking steps to both protect the nation's communications and power lifeline. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has charged BAE Systems to map a system that can detect a cyber attack and gin up an alternative communications network for military and civilian use if the grid is fried, according to Defense Systems, the online newsletter. Former CIA Director James Woolsey has been warning for years that the grid is extremely vulnerable,...
  • This Mind-Controlled Bionic Arm Can Touch and Feel (Must See This "Luke Skywalker" Arm- DARPA Video)

    03/08/2017 6:35:57 PM PST · by brucedickinson · 15 replies
    Youtube ^ | 9-18-2016 | MotherBoard
    In the first episode of Humans+, Motherboard dives into the world of future prosthetics, and the people working on closing the gap between man and machine. We follow Melissa Loomis, an amputee from Ohio, who had experimental nerve reversal surgery and is going to Johns Hopkins' Applied Physics Lab to test out its latest Modular Prosthetic Limb, a cutting-edge bionic arm funded in part by DARPA. Neuro-interfacing machinery is a game changer in terms rehabilitating patients, but what possibilities do these advancements open for the future?
  • 'Mayhem' rules as DARPA's battle of the machines hits Las Vegas

    08/10/2016 9:49:20 PM PDT · by Company Man · 10 replies
    Foxnews Tech ^ | August 08, 2016 | Allison Barrie
    "In the Cyber Grand Challenge, DARPA challenged the world to create software that can defend networks against attacks without a human typing at a keyboard. This software is designed to identify threats and react to, defend, and seal off vulnerabilities from future attacks."
  • DARPA Prepares to Unleash a Storm of "Gremlins" on U.S. Foes

    04/16/2016 11:42:17 AM PDT · by Mariner · 20 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | April 16th, 2016 | Rich Smith
    Six months in the making, DARPA's Gremlins program is finally getting off the ground -- and that statement probably requires a bit of explaining. "DARPA" is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the "mad scientists" division of the Pentagon, responsible for funding and developing leading-edge technologies that can be employed in warfare. Respectively, "Gremlins" is one such technology. As previously revealed by DARPA, Gremlins aims to develop fleets of "low-cost, reusable unmanned air systems" (aka drones) that can be launched from other aircraft, perform their missions, and then return to land back aboard their motherships -- an acrobatic feat to...
  • Your First Look at the Pentagon’s New Unmanned Sub Chaser. (VIDEO)

    04/03/2016 12:06:52 PM PDT · by golux · 23 replies
    GCAPTAIN ^ | 160331 | Mike Schuler
    The U.S. Department of Defense has released the first footage of its prototype unmanned anti-submarine ship being developed to track quiet diesel-electric submarines over long distances. The new vessel was launched in January at Vigor’s shipyard in Portland, Oregon, where it has quietly been under construction for the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). During a speed tests in February, the vessel reached a top speed of 27 knots.... (snip)
  • DARPA unveils its next VTOL aircraft concept

    03/05/2016 1:00:20 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    AFS's concept would employ the same 4,000 HP engine used by the V-22 to generate 3 MW of electrical power that will drive the 24 ductless fans spread across its rear wings and front canards. These fans will rotate, as you can see in the image above, enabling the X-Plane to seamlessly transition from a hover to forward flight. "This VTOL X-plane won't be in volume production in the next few years but is important for the future capabilities it could enable," DARPA program manager, Ashish Bagai, said. "Imagine electric aircraft that are more quiet, fuel-efficient and adaptable and are...
  • Drones that 'think' like humans could be heading for war zones: Darpa chip uses 'neural networks'...

    02/08/2016 12:30:12 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    Mailonline ^ | 02/08/2016 | Lee Bell
    The Pentagon is funding research to develop a microchip that not only promises brain-like artificial intelligence, it is small enough to fit inside a wide range of mobile devices. Known as 'Eyeriss', the palm-sized processor has a staggering 168 cores and is based on 'neural networks' that are modelled on the human brain. By comparison, processing chips used in a wide variety of smartphones typically have quad cores. This technology could make its way onto the battlefield in the form of drones or robots that could conduct their own learning in real-time, without the need for human analysis. ... Researchers...
  • US military shelves Google robot plan over 'noise concerns'

    12/30/2015 6:26:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    The US army says it has mothballed plans to deploy a robot developed in conjunction with Google because it is "too loud". The Legged Squad Support System, referred to by some as "the big dog," is capable of carrying 400lbs (181.4kg) of equipment over rugged terrain. But the US Marines now say its petrol-powered engine is too noisy for them to use in battle. ... The LS3 was developed by Boston Dynamics, a robotics firm acquired by Google in 2013 - as part of a tie-up with the Pentagon's research arm, the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa). The robot...
  • Where's George? And where's Doug? [new "fake but accurate" scandals??]

    07/20/2006 11:58:59 PM PDT · by Enchante · 52 replies · 1,475+ views
    Classical Values ^ | 7/20/06 | Eric at Classical Values
    Which means at this point that the burden is on Mr. Thompson to supply evidence: # that there is a "George Harleigh"; and # and that he is the man described and quoted in innumerable articles, who taught Political Science at SIU and worked in the Nixon and Reagan administrations. If "George Harleigh" is a pseudonym, that fact should be disclosed, and if there is a person calling himself "George Harleigh" whose remarks are being repeated, it falls on Doug Thompson to provide some evidence that this man is who he says he is. Under the circumstances, until I hear...
  • DARPA is testing implanting chips in soldiers’ brains

    09/28/2015 5:44:15 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    Fusion ^ | 09/27/15 | Kristen V. Brown
    For decades, DARPA, the secretive research arm of the Department of Defense, has dreamed of turning soldiers into cyborgs. And now it’s finally happening. The agency has funded projects that involve implanting chips into soldiers’ brains that could one day enhance performance on the battlefield and repair traumatized brains once the fog of war has lifted. “Of the 2.5 million Americans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, 300,000 of them came home with traumatic brain injury,” journalist Annie Jacobsen told NPR. “DARPA initiated a series of programs to help cognitive functioning, to repair some of this damage. And those programs...
  • DARPA is implanting chips in soldiers’ brains, according to this new book

    09/28/2015 12:08:01 PM PDT · by detective · 18 replies
    Fusion ^ | September 28, 2015 | Kristen V. Brown
    For decades, DARPA, the secretive research arm of the Department of Defense, has dreamed of turning soldiers into cyborgs. And now it’s finally happening. The agency has funded projects that involve implanting chips into soldiers’ brains that they hope will enhance performance on the battlefield and repair traumatized brains once the fog of war has lifted.